20 July 2010
Marion Cotillard, no doubt promoting the summer blockbuster Inception; Ms Cotillard is part of an excellent ensemble cast (Leonardo DiCaprio is the lead) that is entirely wasted in this mind-numbing movie. I think it says alot, and none of it pretty, that the movie-going public seems to have made this confused, confusing knot of a sci-fi thriller into a hit, and critics (who should know better) have been giving it raving reviews. I've seen it and found it a rambling, inchoate mass, incomprehensible by the 12th minute, emotionless and self-absorbed. The worst of it is the pretentious, would-be intellectualizing of this chase/heist drama, which in the end is merely generic, tricked up with set-piece visuals of the obssessive kind. It's awesome: only if you're seven, or if you've never seen a movie before. At an exhausting two and a half hours, it's too long by two hours.The photos are by Mikael Jansson, half of it passable (nice cover), half of it truly banal.